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Brick thrown through Ald. Ray Lopez’s office window in 4th vandalism attack this year

Lopez said his office has surveillance video of the incident and he is working with detectives to identify the individuals involved. He believes the vandalism was gang related.

Someone threw a brick through the front window of Ald. Ray Lopez’s Southwest Side office Thursday night, the fourth instance of vandalism targeting his properties this year.

About 10:50 p.m. a male threw a brick through the front window of an office in the 2700 block of West 47th Street, and three males were seen running from the scene, according to Chicago police.

Lopez, who leads the 15th Ward, posted a surveillance video to Twitter early Friday showing three people throwing bricks at the office at 2736 W. 47th Street and asked the public to help identify the suspects.

Someone threw a brick through Ald. Ray Lopez’s office Nov. 19, 2020, the 4th attack on his properties this year.
Someone threw a brick through Ald. Ray Lopez’s office Nov. 19, 2020, the 4th attack on his properties this year.
Provided by Ald. Ray Lopez (15th)

His office was previously vandalized twice in July, with bricks thrown through the front windows. That month, someone also threw a brick into Lopez’s Brighton Park home and set fire to a neighbor’s garage.

Lopez said he is working with detectives to identify the individuals involved. He believes the vandalism was gang related.

In a text message to the Chicago Sun-Times Friday morning, Lopez said all items in the office had been boxed and the office closed for the last two weeks. He plans to move to a new location, he said.

After Thursday’s attack, Lopez cast blame toward Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Supt. David Brown, tweeting, “At what point will she & Brown realize their policies are fueling brazen acts like this?”

No one is in custody as Area One detectives investigate.

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